Farmhouse on Shelter Island, New York: Hommert Residence

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Hommert Residence is a stunning farmhouse built in 1890 and was just recently renovated by SchappacherWhite Architecture, located in Shelter Island, New York. The renovation project included the addition of two pavilions, one was a master bedroom suite and the other a living room with glass enclosed “breezeways” between the three structures. There is a separate two story garage which includes an artist studio.

According to the architect: The cedar siding is naturally weathered and unstained. The center roof is a standing seam copper. A copper roof will naturally patina, if you prefer this look then no maintenance is required. If not, then an aluminum metal roof could be an option.

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The homeowner’s meticulous woodpile and wisteria-draped outdoor cooking area add further ambience.

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This pergola is steel with stainless steel cables. It was custom designed by SchappacherWhite for the client and fabricated by Gunnar Design. The fireplace is double sided, Rumford fireplaces, and local hand split stone. The height was determined by local zoning and proportions of the building. The fireplace is comprised of stacked natural stone from Pennsylvania. Steel anchors support each stone.

The bamboo matting on top of the pergola came in rolls and was secured to the top of the pergola with wire and stainless steel cables. Surrounding the dining table are Luxembourg Armchairs made in France by Fermob. The large table was made by the homeowner with leftover planks from the renovation. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs are harvested from the family’s garden. And close at hand are an Argentinean barbecue, a Tuscan pizza oven, and a traditional smoker, waiting to be fired up for the next big dinner party or holiday feast.

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The homeowner/artist jokingly refers to the farmhouse’s original front porch as her office; it features an Urban Balance Cove hanging chair, a table made with a marble countertop salvaged from a Philadelphia hotel, and a vintage train station bench that was cut into two matching pieces.

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The pendat fixture is Moooi, design by Piet Boon.

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The stone fireplace is a beautiful focal point to this living space. It is a Rumford fireplace with a soapstone interior of four feet. The floor is reclaimed elm 10″ wide. The steel doors and windows were manufactured by Bliss Nor-Am Steel Doors and Windows.

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The ceiling is mushroom wood. It was purchased in upstate New York. The coffee table was found at Restoration Hardware and the painting was done by artist Eric Blum.

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The leather bench in the living room is from Beall & Bell and the sofa is from CB2; the throw pillows and coffee table are from Fishers Home Furnishings.

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The airy and ample galley kitchen opens onto one of the property’s many small garden areas.

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The chalkboard and beeswax painting in a corner is by Jessica Grindstaff; the lamp is from CB2. The beamed ceilings are made from reclaimed mushroom wood.

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Foucault’s Iron Orb chandelier from Restoration Hardware hangs in the master suite, where works by artists including James Nares, Eric Blum, Ross Bleckner, and Elizabeth Peyton are displayed. The work above the fireplace is José María Sicilia’s Untitled (La Luz Que Se Apaga).

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In her studio, artist Sylvia Hommert makes abstract works of incised wax and resin.

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The above structure is an old garage from early 1900s that has been converted into a guest house with a bathroom at the left side, a pantry and a small mechanical room. It measures 15′ x 16′. Cotton mosquito netting used as a curtain. The exterior of the house is natural cedar that has aged with time with painted white trim. The entry between the doors is a concrete ramp existing from when this building was a garage.

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In the guest cottage, which overlooks the pool, a piece by photographer Terry Richardson hangs to the right of the bed.

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The oars on the exterior are a find from a Shelter Island garage sale; the sconces are by Kichler.

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Poolside lounge chairs from Restoration Hardware are covered in a linen twill from Sunbrella.

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Photos: SchappacherWhite Architecture / Jason Penney
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scot sims
9 years ago

I wonder if he measures and cuts each log to be the same length so the back looks as good as the front.